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glossary

Antibiotic Free.

A product can be labeled ABF as long as the animal is free of antibiotics at the time of harvesting.

However, it is common practice to take a sick animal out of the herd, administer antibiotics until the animal is well again, and then return the animal back to herd (after the antibiotics have left the animal's system).

The next level of ABF means no antibiotics have been administered ever. In this scenario, a sick animal is removed from the herd, treated, and often returned to a different herd or utilized for another purpose.

All-natural generally indicates that products have no artificial additives or synthetic ingredients used during growth and processing.

The term all-natural, however, is also unregulated. Because there is no consistently used definition in the industry, each company’s approach to all-natural can vary.

At Greensbury, we purposefully avoid this phrase and lean on 3rd party standards like USDA Organic.

This technique conserves biodiversity and the environment by avoiding the use of toxins that could potentially endanger future generations.

This is also known as Blast Frozen. Greensbury’s products are frozen within minutes using a blast freezer operating at -40°F. 

By quickly freezing proteins, all the microbes in the protein are inactivated. This preserves each product in a state of exceptional freshness.

This animal was raised in the open air OR was free to roam outdoors for a portion of each day.

Grain-fed encompasses a diet of grains for either the duration or a portion of an animal’s lifespan.

Animals can be grain-fed in pens/cages or grain-fed towards the end of a pasture-raised existence.

Grass-fed is a term that can loosely apply to any cattle that have—at some point—ingested grass.

100% grass-fed labels indicate that animals have been free to roam and forage for fresh grass. (During the winter seasons, they are often fed alfalfa to substitute for natural grass.)

This means that cattle have foraged for grass their entire lives and have reached physical maturity without ANY grain supplements.

No steroids or protein growth hormones were used during production of the animal.

These animals were free to roam in their natural environment. They were not raised in a cage or given ill-treatment.

They were also fed a diet of quality feed, without antibiotics or growth hormones. 

The Certified Humane organization oversees these standards.

Verify adherence to the food safety standards according to the USDA meat regulations.

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) details procedures for meat audits.

Natural medicines and treatments that help an animal heal itself. For example: herbs, massages, acupuncture, and exercise.

Naturally based plant and animal byproducts that improve soil and provide nutrients that promote plant growth.

This animal was raised and ate on a pasture in their natural environment.

A natural system that uses techniques to maintain and protect the environment. The NOAA and MSC certify fisheries and sets guidelines for sustainability.

The natural conservation of plants and animals in order to increase or maintain the population over time.

If the animal or plant was grown with respect to the long-term future of the species and natural environment, including mitigation of greenhouse gases.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certifies farm organizations as organic by ensuring they follow all regulations mandated by their guidelines. Farms are certified annually.

Before freezing, products are sealed using a state-of-the-art roll stock vacuum sealer. This ensures that cryofilm packaging conforms to the unique shapes of the products, thus eliminating air pockets.

This varies from tray-sealed packaging, where air can get trapped inside the packaging and lead to condensation (causing freezer burn and other protein damage).

A healthy and clean eating plan used to cut out dairy, sugar, legumes, and alcohol. Beef, poultry and fish are all Whole 30 approved.

Wild-caught fish are removed directly from their freshwater or saltwater habitats. They have had a varied, lifelong diet of natural organisms for food.

This differs from farm-raised fish that have received a controlled, less extensive diet. Farm-raised fish are more susceptible to disease and may contain (or have been previously fed) antibiotics.